Mission Center: Mission Leadership

Books

Be an informed missionary; learn about the history of the country you will be visiting, be aware of basic development theories and how your ministry might affect the wider community.  Develop a basic understanding of the history of mission theology and what the current thinking is concerning mission in the 21st Century.

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General World Mission Theology and History
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The Ego Boom: Why the world really does revolve around you, Book
A critical reflection on popular culture and a useful book to reflect upon the motivating factors of mission work.
Nickel and Dimed, Book
Written as an exposé, Ehrenreich attempts to combat the "too lazy to work" and "a job will defeat poverty" ideals held by traditionalists. Suggesting problems with the argument, Ehrenreich hihlights many of the difficulties people have working jobs that pay low wages.
Culture from the Inside Out Travel and Meet Yourself, Book
Should be required reading for all those considering living and working in unfamiliar cultures.
Scriptures of Our Lives, Book
A series of essays from missionaries serving around the world.
Anglicanism A short Introduction, Book
A Different Call: Women's Ministries in the Episcopal Church, 1850-1920, Book
The story of the primary role of Episcopal women in the missionary work of the Episcopal Church.
Fling Out the Banner: The National Church Ideal and the Foreign Mission of the Episcopal Church, Book
An historical overview of the foreign mission endeavors of the Episcopal Church.
Waging Reconciliation: God's Mission in a Time fo Globalization and Crisis, Book
Papers and speeches from the meeting of the House of Bishops in September 2002 on topics of pressing concern, including the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, "modern" racism and the understanding of the role of mission in a global community.
Beyond Colonial Anglicanism, Book
Assays tracing Anglicanism from its past colonialism through present challenges toward visions for the future.
Tradition and Innovation in Anglicanism: Hermeneutics in a Global Communion, Book
Exploring the plurality of ways of understanding and participating in vocation as Anglican Christians.
The Challenge of Change: The Anglican Communion in the Post Modern Era, Book
Addresses issues of authority and identity in the Anglican Communion as it emerges from modernity and envisions the future.
Vision Bearers: Dynamic Evangelism in the 21st Century, Book
A readable firsthand account of the mid-point conference for the Decade of Evangelism held at Kanuga, North Carolina, in 1995.
Toward 2015: A Church Odyssey, Book
A presentation of a new strategy for global mission from an evangelical Episcopal perspective.
Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World, Book
A reflection on scripture by an Anglican feminist theolgian from Hong Kong.
The Renewal of Anglicanism, Book
A hopeful vision for the future of Anglicanism with reference to situations in the US, Canada, England and Australia.
Anglicans in Mission: A Transforming Jouney, Book
A response to the 1988 Lambeth Conference call for a dynamic missionary emphasis going beyond care and nurture to proclamation and service.
G-CODE 2000: The Cutting Edge of Mission, Book
Reports from around the globe at the mid-point review of the decade of evangelism.
Horizons of Mission, Book
An overview of the history, theology and practice of Christian mission written specifically for lay study groups and enhanced with contemporary stories.
Henry Venn: Missionary Statesman, Book
A biography of the 19th century leader of the Church Missionary Society and the originator of three-self mission strategy.
New Wineskins for Global Mission, Book
A collection of the papers and presentations of a major Episcopal mission conference in 1994.
Crossroads are for Meeting: Essays on the Mission and Common Life of the Church in a Global Society, Book
A collection of papers from Anglicans around the world presented at a pan-Anglican symposium on mission.
Anglicanism: A Global Communion, Book
Essays from Anglicans throughout the world addressing issues of Anglican identity within a diversity of faiths and cultures.
Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours?, Book
A discussion on missionary strategy from an Anglican early 20th century radical mission thinker.
Mission Legacies: Biographical Studies of Leaders of the Modern Missionary Movement, Book
Mission Theology, 1948-1975: Years of Worldwide Creative Tensions, Ecumenical, Evangelical, and Roman Catholic, Book
An overview of the points of intersection and divergence in ecumenical, mainline and Roman Catholic mission thought in the post-World War II era.
Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission, Book
An encyclopedic review of the biblical, historical, and theological grounds for world mission.
Visions of Service, Book
This book introduces students to five of the world's great religions -- Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- with a special emphasis on each religion's philosophy of service and call to serve.
Christianity Rediscovered, Book
A personal refection of a missionary's learning about mission and the Church as he worked and lived among the Maasai.
Bread for the Journey: The Mission of Transformation of Mission, Book
A look at the spirituality of mission from a sacramental point of view.
The Continuing Conversion of the Church: The Gospel and Our Culture Series, Book
Discovering a new identity as a missionary people in a post-Christian culture.
The Missional Church, Book
Challenges the church to recover its missional call in North America and offers tools with which to do so.
Errand to the World: American Protestant Thought and Foreign Missions, Book
An in-depth study of the history of mission theology in the mainline American denominations from the 18th to the 20th century.
Christian Mission: A Case Study Approach, Book
A presentation of case studies in mission from a cross-cultural perspective.
A History of Christian Missions, Book
A readable overview of the missionary outreach of the Christian Church from apostolic times to the present.
The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission, Book
In this book, an eminent missionary-scholar describes the Christian mission as the declaration of an open secret--open in that it is preached to all nations, secret in that it is manifest only to the eyes of faith. The result is a thoroughly biblical attempt to lead the church to embrace its Christ-given task of presenting the gospel in our complex modern world.
Mission in Christ's Way, Book
An overview of contemporary theology of mission from one of the foremost thinkers in the ecumenical movement.
American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice, Book
A unique appraisal and the definitive treatment of American women in mission whether mainline Protestant, Evangelical or Roman Catholic.
Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture, Book
A study of the translatability of the Gospel and its effect on culture and the growth of the Church around the world.
The Biblical Foundations of Mission, Book
An investigation into the biblical mandates for mission in both the Old and New Testaments.
New Directions in Mission and Evangelism 1: Basic Statements 1974-1991, Book
A compendium of major mission statements and documents from mainline, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical perspectives to complement David Bosch's book Transforming Mission.
Christian Mission in the Modern World, Book
A brief theology of mission by one of the leading evangelical thinkers in the Anglican Communion.
The Local Church in a Global Era: Reflections for a New Century, Book
This volume explores the implications of today's emerging global society for local churches and Christian mission with focus in five areas: stewardship, prosperity and justice; faith, learning and family; the Spirit, wholeness and health; Christ, the church, and other religions; and conflict, violence and mission.
Classics Texts in Mission and World Christianity: American Society of Missiology Series, No. 20, Book
A sourcebook of key texts from the classic to contemporary times and from several continents for understanding mission, vocation, and the nature of Christianity.
From Jerusalem to Irian Java: A Biographical History of Christian Missions, Book
Short biographical studies of missionaries through the centuries with special attention to Evangelical Protestantism.
The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission Faith, Book
Insightful essays on mission as the cross-cultural transmission and transformation of Christian faith.


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Development, World History and Health
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Helping Health Workers Learn: A Book of Methods, Aids, and Ideas for Instructors at the Village Level
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Author: Werner, David and Bill Bower.
Where There is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook
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Author: Werner, David.
A must for every missionary's library. http://www.hesperian.org/publications_download.php
Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Beter Way for Africa
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Author: Moyo, Dambisa.
This is a brief, accessible look at the goals and reasons behind anti-aid advocates, with a hopeful outlook and a respectful attitude for the well-being and good faith of all involved. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Moyo's argument for such capitalist intervention in Africa, this straightforward and readable work should provide some food for thought.
The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace
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Author: Miller, Aaron David.
Provides interesting insights into the Middle East peace process.
Training for Transformation: A Handbook for Community Workers
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Author: Hope, Ann and Timmell, Sally.
A practical workbook for community developers in four volumes.
White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

Author: Easterly, William.
An interesting and provocative perspective in International Aid.
Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles
Book - 2009
Author: Dowden, Richard.
The director of the Royal African Society offers an ambitious, roundly informative and still intimate look at sub-Saharan Africa's turbulent road in the modern era. ...Dowden displays a deeply felt knowledge of the recent history of sub-Sahara Africa, and his suggestions for its future are well-informed and wise. A remarkably full-bodied and frank discussion of Africa's place in the world.
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
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Author: Diamond, Jared.
A fascinating look at the development of human society; very readable.
What Can One Person Do?
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Author: Alkire, Sabina and Edmund Newell, eds.
A practical book to help those wishing to engage in the Millennium Development Goals.

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